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PhD in Optics from Xi’an Institute of Optics and Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Executive Dean of Shaanxi Institute of Optoelectronics Integrated Circuit Pilot Technology, Vice Chairman of Young Scientists Social Responsibility Alliance, Inventor of China’s “Key & Core Technology” concept. In recent years, Dr. Mi Lei and his team have focused on the national innovation-driven strategy, deeply promoted the transfer and transformation of scientific and technological achievements in both theory and practice. They founded the 1st Key & Core Tech focused angel fund in China. So far they are managing RMB 5.3 Bn in total from 8 funds under CASSTAR, and invested in more than 290 companies. In 2019, CASSTAR was selected as Top 10 Angel Fund in China.
As TOP 10 early stage investment firm, FREES Fund focuses on sectors with unique technological innovation in China and globally.
Mr. Li has extensive experience in the venture capital and private equity investment industry and is well known in the investment community for his unique views on secular economic trends. He has made many successful investments in companies such as CreditEase (NYSE), LAIX (NYSE), 360 Finance (NASDAQ), Bilibili (NASDAQ), Three Squirrels (China SZSE), and Unity. Mr. Li has received numerous awards from authorized institutions and media such as China Venture, Zero2IPO Group, 36Kr, Forbes and etc.
Prior to FREES Fund, Mr. Li was general partner and member of the management committee at IDG Capital. He graduated from Peking University in China with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and University of Rochester in the US with a MS in Chemistry Degree.
JINNAN (MARCO) LAI
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Marco Lai has served as a director and the CEO of LIZHI (NASDAQ) since December 2010. Before founding LIZHI, Mr. Lai was a successful serial entrepreneur in China’s internet industry. He worked as the CEO for Shanghai Labox Information Technology from 2007 to 2010, and also founded Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology, and served as its president from 2003 to 2007. Before starting his business career, Mr. Lai was a radio host.
LIZHI is a leading online UGC audio community and interactive audio entertainment platform in China, with a mission to enable everyone to showcase their vocal talents.
Marketing and Partnership Director
Tencent Cloud APAC.
Tencent recently surpassed Alibaba in terms of market cap (USD 694 Bn) as #1 internet company from China. In the global market, Tencent Cloud ranked TOP 5 vendors worldwide in 2019. Tencent Cloud reported revenue of over US$2.4 Bn with more than one million paid clients in 2019. Having infrastructure in 26 geographic areas on five continents and operates 53 availability zones, Tencent Cloud has an exabyte-level storage capacity and deployed 1300 acceleration nodes globally.
Venture Partner of Gaorong Capital, Former Chief Growth Officer of Kuaishou Technology
Xinhua Liu is currently Venture Partner of Gaorong Capital Investment, focusing on investments in DTC (directly to consumer) brands, social networks and marketplaces, and advising porfolios on product and growth strategies.
Mr. Liu has over 22 years of experience with high-tech and internet companies, in strategy, growth and operations roles and has been involved in several super apps’ product building and operations with hundreds of millions of daily active users.
Prior to joining Gaorong Capital, Xinhua Liu served as the Chief Growth Officer of Kuaishou Technology, one of the fast growing short video-based community in the world, where he was responsible for user growth, monetization and global product growth.
Before joining in Kuaishou, Mr. Liu served as President of International Operations at ByteDance and oversaw the launch of products including TopBuzz and Buzzvideo in the United States, Japan and Brazil.
Before joining in Bytedance, Mr. Liu was responsible for overall business products and monetization, global product and partnership growth, investment and legal affairs at Cheetah Mobile as Chief Marketing Officer. At Cheetah Mobile, Mr. Liu led the product development of Clean Master, one of the most popular system utility app on Google Play and led the Pre-A round of investment in Musical.ly, which was acquired by ByteDance and re-named as TikTok.
General Manager of Asia Pacific Region from Tuya Smart
Ross has years of experience in consumer electronics and smart hardware and software industry, with comprehensive understanding in global markets especially in Asia Pacific region from business expansion, product localization, and B2B services. He has successfully built key strategic partnerships with his team and managed to scale the AIoT smart home business in the Asia Pacific markets.
Genping joined Vertex in 2010. Based in Singapore, he covers Southeast Asia on industry sectors including internet/mobile and enabling technologies.
Genping has a diversified set of experience working with startups & multinational companies in various sectors including internet, electronics (batteries), telecom and investment banking. He started his career with a product manager role at Motorola Electronics Singapore.
Genping holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University Singapore, and MBA from University of California – Los Angeles.
CTO of Thundersoft
Pengcheng Zou is the CTO of Thundersoft. Pengcheng hold bachelor degree of EE of Tsinghua University, and Master of Computer Science of University of Notre Dame. Pengcheng has involved in Open Source related business and technology development since his study in Univ. of Notre Dame, and works in NEC, Red Flag and currently Thundersoft on various Linux and Android related projects, including the 1st Mobile Linux platform (Midinux) on Intel Platform, Smartbook OS, Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) and many Android and HTML5 related products.
Headquartered in Beijing and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (300496) with a market cap of RMB 40 Bn, ThunderSoft is a world leading provider of intelligent platform technology and solutions. The company’s global engineering team has built a deep understanding and expertise of hardware and software, with a focus on automotive, mobile, and IoT. ThunderSoft has 25 R&D centers and offices in China, and other 10 countries.